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Canada’s new arctic and offshore patrol vessel launched

Canada’s lead Arctic and Offshore Patrol Vessel the future HMCS Harry DeWolf, was launched on September 15, marking a significant milestone for the National Shipbuilding Strategy and the Royal Canadian Navy’s combatant fleet. HMCS Harry DeWolf is the largest Royal Canadian Navy ship built in Canada in 50 years.

Sovcomflot enters into shipbuilding agreement

On 12 September 2018, Sovcomflot, the Bank for Development and Foreign Economic Affairs and VEB Leasing, signed a trilateral agreement regarding the participation of the parties in shipbuilding projects at Russian shipyards and in import substitution projects.

Zvezda, Samsung Heavy partner to build Arctic shuttle tankers

At Eastern Economic Forum, Russian Zvezda Shipbuilding Complex, owned by United Shipbuilding Corporation, signed a Term Sheet with South Korea’s Samsung Heavy Industries Co. Ltd. for creating a joint venture to manage projects for construction of Arctic shuttle tankers.

DSME names Yamal ice-breaking LNG carrier ‘Vladimir Vize’

MOL announced that on 11 September, a naming ceremony for an ice-breaking LNG carrier, which was jointly ordered by MOL and COSCO, took place at Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering. The newbuild vessel was named “Vladimir Vize” and is the sister vessel of the “Vladimir Rusanov”.

LR, HHI to introduce blockchain to shipbuilding

During SMM, LR announced a co-operation project with Hyundai Heavy Industries, to explore the value of blockchain when applied to shipbuilding. Namely, LR launched its prototype blockchain-enabled Class register. This registers ships into Class using blockchain technology.

CMA CGM’s 20,600 TEU giant inaugurated

CMA CGM’s 20,600 TEU Giant ‘CMA CGM Antoine de Saint Exupery’, was inaugurated in the Port of le Havre, France. Bruno Le Maire, Minister of Economy and Finance, Elisabeth Borne, Minister in charge of Transport and Rodolphe Saadé, CEO of the CMA CGM Group inaugurated the ship.

Watch: Construction of US aircraft carrier ‘John F. Kennedy’

The video, issued by Huntington Ingalls Industries, depicts the construction of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier ‘John F. Kennedy’ which has reached its midpoint at Newport News Shipbuilding, following the installation of one of the largest units on the ship.

Japan to welcome foreign workers in domestic shipbuilding

In a bid to deal with significant labor shortages, Japan has unveiled plans to expand its immigration bureau for accepting arrivals of more foreign workers, including unskilled laborers, to several fields including shipbuilding. In 2014, Japanese shipyards reported production delays, claiming workforce shortage. 

Fincantieri extends cooperation in China

Italian giant shipbuilder Fincantieri and China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC) have signed a MoU extending their already existing cooperation to all segments of merchant shipbuilding. Their current collaboration counts a joint venture dedicated to the first cruise ships ever built in China and others.

New icebreaker for Chilean Navy under construction

On Thursday August 16, in the ASMAR Talcahuano Shipyard, the construction of Chilean Navy’s new polar ship has officially started. The ship is part of the Antarctic Project I, and will replace the current icebreaker “Oscar Viel”, which is in its final stages. The ship will carry out logistic support activities for Antarctic operators.


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